13/03/2011
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Just an update on our travels and exploration of the beautiful area of South Stradbroke Island just off the Gold Coast, we have ventured across the island quite a few times over the last couple of months and the beauty never ceases to amaze and surprise us.

On one journey across the island we drove the rubber duckie to a place we knew as Hargraves, it was originally home to an old fibro-timber house with a fenced yard and large coconut palms fringing the shoreline, we used to visit 10 years ago. Unfortunately the house had been demolished and now only remnants of its existence remain.  The kids, Adam and I wandered around the area spotting the fallen palms and covered piping, and left over footings, talking about what could have happened and the memories of a past life that could tell a thousand stories.  After remembering our visits we ventured down the sandy track, now used by bicycles from Couran Cove for their sporting activities. We followed the trail until it reached the main island track that runs through the centre of Straddie spotting a couple of wallabies and many an animal trail leading into the bush.

As we walked we chatted about the island to the kids, explaining that it is a sand island just like Fraser Island only smaller and it has a long history of habitation by the aboriginal community and the early settlers.  We followed the track about 2 klm until we hit a cross road that was signed “surf beach”.  The weather was a little on the damp side as misty rain came down we trekked through the sandy loam enjoying the cool respite from the heat of the sun. Then the rain would stop and the humidity would increase as the sunshine spread through the forest and this would alternate every 10 minutes or so. The kids started to complain about being tired but we kept going.

Finally we arrived at the eastern side of the island, the area we walked had been developed by Couran Cove Resort and offered a large board walk to the beach, which was wild, windy and barren.  The sand was stinging our legs and face’s, as we got closer to the beach.  We could see that the path had been partially covered by the moving sand and that the resorts facilities were in need of repair, the surf club closed and a lone surf lifesaver in the tower, seemed isolated although he offered a friendly wave as we stood atop of the dune.

We decided to walk back to the environmental centre in the heart of the resort as it provided some protection from the weather.  We were very impressed with the environmental centre and followed the path of aboriginal history, saw a sacred midden site (a site of gathering for aboriginal people where they celebrated, joined together as clans and held ceremonies) Learned about the settlement of Europeans and the impact they had on the island and the many natural disasters and shipwrecks around the area.

Then we ventured to the rainforest walk.  The rain forest walk offered us a chance to see a very special micro climate rainforest living for thousands of years on this small sand island so close to human development. It was simply breathtaking and definitely worth a visit.

We eventually found our way back to the rubber duckie, crossing through Couran Coves Resort and following the western track along the Broadwater, past the mangroves and old oyster leases to Hargraves. We pulled the duckie into the shallow waters and headed back to Somerset Cat moored approximately 1 km away near the boat clubs.  What a day of adventure we had!!!!

Stradbroke Island is a hidden treasure and one that should definitely be on the lists of things to do, when boating.

The next adventure is just around the corner!

See you soon

3 Responses
  1. cat says:

    I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I am hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.

  2. Philip says:

    Interesting post. Can I ask, do you prefer North or South Stradbroke Island?

    • smith says:

      We love South Straddie!!!! It’s got everything, especiallywhen tipplers resort was open, which we use to frequent regularly.

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